Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Pakistan’s Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan on Monday and congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest party in the National Assembly in the recently held elections.
According to Raveesh Kumar, spokesman for the Minister of External Affairs, during the conversation, Prime Minister expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan and reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood.
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 30, 2018
Mr Khan had said that he will take oath as the prime minister on August 11, according to a media report.
His party announced on Monday that it has acquired enough seats in the lower house through coalition talks to form a majority government.
On Thursday night after claiming victory in the bitterly fought elections marred by allegations of rigging, Imran Khan had indicated he would offer an olive branch to India and the two neighbours should resolve the Kashmir issue.
“God has given me a chance to come to power to implement that ideology which I started 22 years ago.I really want to fix our ties, you take one step forward, we will take two,” he said.
He also said that it would be “good for all of us” if Pakistan had good relations with India. However, he referred to the Kashmir dispute as the “core issue” between the two countries.
He was quoted saying, “We are at square one right now [with India]. If India’s leadership is ready, we are ready to improve ties with India. If you step forward one step, we will take two steps forward.”
On Sunday, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs said in his tweet post, “We welcome that the people of Pakistan have reposed theri faith in democracy through general elections” saying that India “desires a prosperous and progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbours”.
He further said “We hope that the new Government of Pakistan will work constructively to build a safe, stable, secure and developed South Asia free of terror and violence.”
Indian official position towards Pakistan is well known. New Delhi says it is ready to talk on all contentious issues, including Kashmir with Pakistan, but only after Islamabad stops cross-border terrorism.